Babies Know

Science and Emotions

To feel is to be alive …

Feeling emotions is a sense that is as important as vision, hearing or touch. There is a prevalent school of thought, particularly in ‘developed’ Western countries, that language and the ability to reason are far more important than emotional intelligence. But developments in neuroscience and biology have revealed just how central – and important – emotional feelings are: right from the beginning of life, when we are in the womb.

Your baby feels strong emotions – this is true even before birth. The emotional (limbic) brain is highly sensitive, and a range of hormones connected with loving or stressful states affect the way your baby feels.

What your baby experiences emotionally, from conception onwards, affects his development and regulates – or deregulates – physical systems governing sleep, digestion and immunity.

Early experiences play a role in shaping self-esteem and have an impact right into adulthood.

Find out more by reading the article: Science and Emotions